The personnel problems of officers of the Navy are hardy perennials and crop up every year. As a rule their solution requires legislation and the last two years have been rather barren in this respect. In 1922 the personnel energies of the Navy were devoted to consideration of line and staff amalgamation but affairs did not reach the stage of a bill. In 1923-24, a great deal of energy was expended upon the bill for the equalization of line and staff promotion. Results so far have been negative. It is my purpose, however, to discuss mainly some problems which, if not yet acute, must be faced sooner or later. The sooner naval opinion arrives at conclusions upon them that are legislatively practicable, the better the chance of legislation in accordance with naval opinion.
Perhaps I should apologize in advance for discussing the whole commissioned personnel but about ten years ago I was so unfortunate, as representative of all the staff corps, on a board of three headed by the then assistant secretary, F. D. Roosevelt, as to have to deal with the whole commissioned personnel, the other member being the chief of the Bureau of Navigation, Admiral Blue.